Estonian Health Insurance Fund to Publish Comparable data on the Functioning of Hospitals for the First Time
Estonian Health Insurance Fund to Publish Comparable data on the Functioning of Hospitals for the First Time 15.05.2012 On May 15, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund will, for the first time, publish a report containing comparable data on the hospitals included in the Hospital Network Development Plan. The report contains a total of 19 different indicators, which characterise the availability of treatment, the treatment process, and the efficiency of treatment. The report to be published is the result of several years of cooperation between hospitals, professional associations of doctors and the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. The report to be published used the data from the treatment invoices submitted to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund to give the hospitals feedback on their work. The document specifies the durations of hospital stay in case of several most common surgical procedures and the percentages of the procedures performed in day care. The frequencies of the causes of waiting lists for ambulatory treatment and the percentage of emergency care in in-patient care are also observed and clinical indicators, such as performing the examinations required in case of a stroke, are also compared. Hannes Danilov, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, said: “One of the aims of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund is to give our partners feedback on their work and to publish the information concerning treatment. The values of the indicators presented in the report in question cannot be viewed as an assessment of the work of the hospitals by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund; the indicators depend on the concurrences of many different factors. It does however give the managers of the hospitals a chance to compare their results with other medical institutions and analyse whether there is something that they could do to develop their hospital.” Urmas Sule, Chairman of the Estonian Hospitals Association, added: “Quality management in hospitals is a great challenge for health systems all over the world. Agreeing on the indicators of functioning and making comparable data available to achieve this aim is very important for hospitals. I am sure that the report to be published is good material for the development of objective-driven cooperation in the health care sector.” The report can be found on the homepage of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund at the address: http://www.haigekassa.ee/raviasutusele/kvaliteet/tagasiside.